© Robert Fenwick Elliott 2005-2007
Fenwick Elliott Malletswww.insearchoftheperfectmallet.com
by John Riches
John Riches, the ACA's National Coaching Director, has recently completed writing five new booklets. These are intended mainly for players who have a reasonable command of the basic strokes and are capable of playing breaks.
The booklets consist of between 25 and 45 pages and almost every page has colour diagrams. This, together with the fact that they are aimed at a specialist and limited market, makes the booklets rather expensive; but those who have seen them consider them good value nevertheless.
For purchasers in Australia, the cost is $AUS 33 per booklet, including GST. In Australia, the packaging and postage cost varies between $AU2 for 1 booklet up to $AU15 for all 5 booklets in the one parcel.
For International purchasers the cost is $AU30 per
booklet. International package and postage costs vary between $AU6 for 1
booklet up to $AU40 for all 5 booklets, depending on the destination.
5. CROQUET: ERROR CORRECTION AND HAMPERED STROKES.
Not to be confused with an earlier booklet called "Croquet: Error Correction" which really was about error recognition rather than correction, this booklet explains in detail how a coach (or player) can go about correcting errors in technique. There is also a section on hampered strokes (sweeps, slides, off-centre roquets, rebound shots, brush shots, Pirie Poke, etc.) with detailed illustrations, explaining how to use them to get out of trouble.
The booklets can be ordered from :-
Gavin Bow, PO Box 78, Meadows, SA 5201 Australia, Phone 08 8388 3971 or 0418 884181
Or by Email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you place an Email order you will be sent a Paypal invoice for the amount appropriate to your location. This invoice can be paid by credit card. You can also pay by bank to bank transfer or cheque.
CROQUET SECRETS (Advance notice)
Early in 2009 a single book containing material from all of the 10 booklets by John Riches - old and new - plus about 100 articles that have been published in croquet magazines over the years, will become available via "Thecroquetprofessionals" website. (A Google search will quickly find the website, with further details on how to order the book.) It will not have colour illustrations as do the 5 new booklets, and some of the older material is now a little out-dated, but at about US$60 plus postage it will represent excellent value. The book has been compiled and edited by Wayne Davies of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA; Wayne is the US agent for Fenwick Elliott Mallets.